National parks set 16 free-entry days in 2016

ll national parks will offer free admission on 16 days next year to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday.

“We added extra fee-free days so that everyone has a chance to join the party,” park service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a news release.

The 16 free-entry days for 2016 will be:

  • Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16-24, National Park Week
  • Aug. 25-28, National Park Service Birthday weekend
  • Sept. 24, National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11, Veterans Day

The waiver does not cover added fees such as camping, boat launches, transportation and special tours.

The park service officially turns 100 on Aug. 25. On that day in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the agency “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations.”

 

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